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Posted: July 1, 2013 - 8:02pm

■ Public comment sought on
land use ordinance revisions

The Crow Wing County Land Services Department is requesting public comment on proposed revisions to the County Land Use Ordinance. The ordinance revisions can be viewed on the County website at www.crowwing.us by clicking on the “CWC Listens” button on the home page. Written comments on the proposed changes will be accepted until Aug. 9 and may be submitted to the Environmental Services Office at environmental.services@crowwing.us or mailed to 322 Laurel St., Suite 14 Brainerd, MN, 56401.

A public hearing for the review of the proposed revisions to the Land Use Ordinance is set for 5 p.m. Sept. 19, before the planning commission. The meeting will be held in the County Board Room on the third floor of the Historic Courthouse at 326 Laurel St. The planning commission will make a recommendation on the proposed ordinance revisions to the County Board of Commissioners for final approval at the Oct. 8 meeting.

There are five articles in the Land Use Ordinance that are being revised and are listed below:

• Article 11 — Shoreland District Standards Article 25 — Animals in Residential Districts Article 28 – Dirt Moving.

• Article 41 — Stormwater Management Article 46 — Definitions.

The revisions to the ordinance include clarifying language for guest cottages and guest quarters, road setbacks, commercial setbacks and agricultural use standards. Revisions are also proposed to clarify animals allowed in residential districts, dirt moving amounts, impervious requirements for conservation design and definitions.

The Land Services Department is committed to providing excellent customer service while helping landowners make wise choices that protect Crow Wing County’s extraordinary natural resources. Citizens are encouraged to contact the Environmental Services Office at 218-824-1125 or environmental.services@crowwing.us to discuss land use activities. Crow Wing County information and resources can be found at www.crowwing.us.

■ Extra speed enforcement July 6-21

The Minnesota State Patrol will be conducting a major summer’s speed enforcement and education effort July 6-21, as part of the Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety’s Toward Zero Deaths (TZD) traffic safety initiative. County and municipal agencies will be partnering with troopers on the campaign.

Unsafe and illegal speed is the most commonly reported contributing factor in fatal crashes.

Some districts are offering regular patrols focused on speed and some shifts are extra speed patrols. The first Speed Week for 2013 was in March, and the second one was recently completed in June. This “speed week” project for July is actually a couple weeks in duration, to finish out the summer, which also includes the Saturday motorcycle speed project.

Driving is a cooperative, not competitive activity, but drivers continually put others at risk by speeding, tailgating, unsafe passing, running lights and weaving in and out of traffic.

Tips in the case of encountering an aggressive driver:

• Stay calm and get out of their way. Do not challenge them and avoid eye contact.

• Ignore gestures and don’t return them.

• Be buckled up. A seat belt is important to maintain proper seating position in the case of abrupt driving maneuvers.

• Motorists may also report aggressive driving and should be prepared to provide vehicle description, license number and location.

Other traits for aggressive drivers include honking, screaming at motorists, as well as making hand gestures. State Patrol Lt. Joe Dwyer of the Brainerd District said, “Because speeding is such a big problem in the summer months, we really need to try to get all motorists to cooperate by obeying the speed limits.

“Safety for all travelers is our goal, and we know that we still need to educate and enforce until we get the message across.”

A primary vision of the TZD program is to create a safe driving culture in Minnesota in which motorists support a goal of zero road fatalities by practicing and promoting safe and smart driving behavior. TZD focuses on the application of four strategic areas to reduce crashes — education, enforcement, engineering and emergency trauma response. Local community traffic safety coalitions support and promote these events.

■ Brat sale planned

Paul Bunyan Sams Camping Club will be selling brats and hotdogs at the east Cub Foods store from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. All proceeds will be donated to the Brainerd Salvation Army Food Shelf.